New Zealand records two cases of coronavirus in returning travellers

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jun 16, 2020, 08:59 AM(IST)

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The New Zealand government recently declared the country coronavirus free and removed most of the restrictions.

Breaking the 24-day streak of no cases of coronavirus, New Zealand has recorded two new COVID-19 cases from returning overseas travellers. 

Both the new cases have been diagnosed as a result of recent travel from the UK, The Guardian reported quoting the country's health officials.

Both the new cases are related, the report added. 

More details will be given at a news conference in two hours.

The New Zealand government recently declared the country coronavirus free and removed most of the restrictions. However, the country’s top health official said at the time that there would inevitably be more cases as new arrivals entered the country.

New Zealanders, their families, and particular essential workers are the only people currently permitted to enter the country. They must stay in government-run quarantine for two weeks, during which time they will be tested twice for the virus.

The country has recorded less than 1,500 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and 22 deaths, after a strict and early national lockdown.

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